Total loan: $3,350

Mujeres Kotzij Group

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Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy seeds, fertilizer and insecticides.

Mujeres Kotzij Group's story

The Highlands of Guatemala are filled with many rich agricultural areas. One is Chimaltenango, which is also the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Kotzij,” with its eight Kaqchikel members. Some of these women are farmers growing potatoes or Chinese snap-peas, while others have convenience stores.

María is the President of the group. She is 28 years old, married and has three children between the ages of 5 and 11. Because she has no formal education, María is very aware of the importance of a complete education and works hard to provide one for her children, who she happily says are in the 3rd to 6th grades.

María and her husband grow potatoes and snap peas. She is requesting a loan to buy seeds, fertilizer and insecticides.

María and her friends meet monthly to repay their loans and participate with a Friendship Bridge Facilitator in valuable lessons in four primary areas: women, health, family and business. The lessons are a part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of education + loans that helps the women become empowered, develop self-esteem and learn how to manage their businesses through lessons in budgeting, controlling expenses and saving. The program could not exist without the exceptional support of Kiva investors.